VCE Media Units 3&4 are an opportunity for students to refine their media production skills and develop a greater understanding of the mass media. In Unit 3, students study Narrative, develop the plan for their media production and experiment with media production technology. In Unit 4, students explore how media texts reflect the views and values of society and touch on issues surrounding media influence.
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VCE Media Units 3&4 has several learning outcomes. For each of these learning outcomes, you are expected to complete all classroom activities and school assessed coursework to a satisfactory standard.
Narrative.In VCE Media, the study of narrative involves an examination of how narratives are organised, structured and engage audiences. You will study two films in detail and write about how directors use a range of techniques – including camera techniques, acting, mise en scene, editing, lighting and sound – to tell a story and engage the audience.
Media production skills. In Unit 3 Media, students will continue to develop the skills required to make a short film. When preparing to make their major project for the year, students will complete two production exercises exploring the equipment and processes they will need to make their film.
Media production design. In Unit 3 Media, students will create a plan for a 3 – 10 minute film. This will include a range of planning documents including a treatment, screenplay, shotlists, storyboards and call sheets.
Media production.After they have completed their production design plan, students will embark on the production of their short film. Principal photography for this project typically occurs during the mid-year holidays. A finished version of the film is submitted early in Unit 4 for feedback. Students have a further two weeks to make refinements and changes to their project before it is submitted for assessment. It is expected that most of the work for this task will be completed outside of class.
Media texts and society’s values. In VCE Media, the study of ‘Media texts and society’s values’ draws our attention to the relationship between media texts, values and society. You will have studied a particular discourse or social issue and how values towards this discourse are reflected in a range of media texts.
Media influence. During their study of Media Influence, students will consider how the media influences audience. They will examine a range of communication theories, critically discuss arguments and evidence about media influence and look at how and why we regulate the media.
These assessment tasks contribute to your overall grade for the unit. Students must complete all learning activities and assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard.
In class you will be provided with a current copy of the VCE Media SAC Pack which provides a good indication of what the school assessed tasks for VCE Media will look like. You are encouraged to read about the course in the VCE Media Study Design. The Study Design is the document that exam questions are based on. If it’s in the study design, it can be on the exam. Students are also encouraged to look at past exam papers to get a sense of what they need to know for the VCE Media examination.